If you are in the market for a workhorse for work and play, Volkswagen has just the ride for you – if you live in Australia, or select countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe because those are where the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck will be available. The Amarok may have been introduced 12 years ago, in 2010, but it is only in the 2nd generation.
Over 4 years in the making, the latest pickup truck from Volkswagen was designed in Australia and Germany, and it will be produced in South Africa. It will be offered in a choice of single or double cab body styles, and it is a tad longer, at 10+ cm (3.93+ inches), which results in a more spacious interior, particularly the legroom at the rear row of the double cab derivative.
The single cab has a truck bed of 2 Euro pallets and overall, the truck has a payload of 1.2 metric tons (1.32 US tons) and a towing capacity of up to 3.5 metric tons (3.86 US tons). The all-new Amarok further boasts “top brakes and over 30 driver assistants” – including Park assist and intelligent speed assist – and safety systems – 20 of which are brand new.
You will also find a modern, high-tech cockpit that has an 8-inch digital cockpit and a brand new infotainment system with a 10-inch display.
It will be offered with five trims: Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmericana, which touts an enhanced off-road design, and Aventura, a decidedly urban ride with all the creature comfort.
In addition, there are 5 engine options: three 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines offering between 110 and 154 kW, a 3.0L 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel with 177 and 184 kW, a 2.3L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 222 kW. For engines with over 154 kW, they are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard.
As for the drive, you have a choice of rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive with permanent of selective function. The base equipment is pretty impressive, btw, featuring a multifunction steering wheel, USB ports, storage bins, LED headlamps, electrical and foldable mirrors, various driving modes, and the aforementioned 10-inch infotainment system and 8” digital cockpit.
If those aren’t enough for you, there are always options that you can include. And these options include a premium Harman/Kardon sound system and alloy wheels of up to 21 inches. Also optionally available are cargo boxes with various different roller covers – manually or electrically operated, along with hardtops and various cargo management systems, like lockable toolboxes and bike brackets, for example.
We heard the vehicle go into production later this and so, so it is likely that it will roll into showrooms in early 2023. Though that has not been confirmed by Volkswagen. Nor was the price advised. Meanwhile, you may learn more about the new Amorak pickup truck HERE.
Images: Volkswagen [UK].